The ABC’s Annabel Crabb talks with celebrated historian Judith Brett and Stella Prize–winning author and historian Clare Wright about Australia’s democratic history and how compulsory voting affects our politics. They touch on our trailblazing history of suffrage and voting rights for white women, and the shameful delay in attendant rights for Indigenous people. Clare’s You Daughters of Freedom relates the largely untold struggles and victories of Australian suffragettes, while Judith’s From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage portrays the character of our democracy.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Clare Wright (Australian)

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Dr Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter and radio and television broadcaster. Her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka won the 2014 Stella Prize and NIB Waverley Prize for Literature. Her latest book is You Daughters of Freedom, the second in her Democracy Trilogy. Clare is currently an Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University.

Judith Brett (Australian)

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Judy Brett writes about Australian contemporary politics and political history for a general readership. She has written a great deal about non-labour politics in Australia, with books on Robert Menzies and the history of the Liberal Party, as well as her recent prize-winning biography of Alfred Deakin and three Quarterly Essays. She contributes to The Monthly and The Conversation. She taught politics at La Trobe University for more than twenty years, retiring in 2012. Her most recent book is From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: Why Australia has Compulsory Voting.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

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Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest.